LTE roaming coming to more countries, including U.S., Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands by summer
UK mobile operator EE has announced that its customers can now use 4G LTE networks in Spain and France, with 4G roaming in these countries available "immediately" through the carrier's existing roaming data bundles for consumers and small business customers. EE says it plans to extend 4G roaming to "all major travel destinations during 2014," with the U.S., Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands on track to join the list by the summer.
The carrier offers a range of data add-ons for "4GEE Extra" customers in Europe, starting at £0.50 for 2MB for 24 hours, through to £25 for 1GB for 30 days. For those not on "4GEE Extra" deals, the plans aren't quite as tempting, starting at £1 for 20MB for 24 hours, through to £35 for 200MB for 30 days. Today's press release suggests the current pricing will apply to 4G roaming too — i.e. customers won't pay any premium to use LTE in countries where roaming agreements exist.
It's still early days for international LTE roaming, but today's news is a promising sign. The announcement follows news late last year of a partnership with AT&T to allow that carrier's customers to use the EE LTE network when roaming in the UK.